The Advocate, Dec. 20, 2015
Before this fall’s elections, business leaders were poised to push a package of bills that would limit access to Louisiana courts and thereby choke off the civil lawsuits they say are frivolous and discourage companies from expanding and hiring more people.
That was assuming one of the three Republican candidates — all of whom had embraced, at some level, the need for further “tort reform” in Louisiana — won the governor’s race.
Instead, the Democratic candidate, John Bel Edwards, will be inaugurated Jan. 11.
While not a so-called “trial lawyer” himself, as a legislator Edwards championed their positions. The lawyers who represent injured parties argue that “tort reform” is really a way for businesses and their insurers to duck responsibility for their actions and deny civil plaintiffs their day in court.